The DA challenges Premier Sylvia Lucas to come clean on the R26 million from the Economic Growth and Development Fund that was allegedly used to fund the ANC provincial elective conference last year.

Last year it was reported that the Premier met with the Hawks to discuss the mismanagement of state funds that are alleged to have bankrolled the conference.

Now 11 months later, the people of the province have yet to learn the truth about what really happened to the mismanaged funds.

In her reply to an oral question during a recent house sitting in Niewoudtville, the Premier refused to elaborate on the R26 million as she claimed it to be sub judice. In the same breath however, she herself admitted that it was time to provide answers.

If the Premier is indeed serious about fighting corruption, as she claimed during her State of the Province Address, then she should stop playing for time and provide clarity on the R26 million. She should also explain why she chose to retain MEC for Finance, Economic Affairs and Tourism Mac Jack, whom she reported to the Hawks for suspected corruption relating to the R26 million, in her cabinet.

The Premier is the leader of the province and she needs to be held accountable for maladministration and mismanagement of funds.

The R26 million could have been used to stimulate upcoming businesses and young entrepreneurs in the province, which currently has an expanded unemployment rate of more than 40 percent. .

The DA challenges the Premier to be more transparent and to provide answers on what exactly the R26 million was used for.

The Hawks also need to act faster and speed up the investigation.

The DA does not tolerate corruption on any level. We will continue to probe this issue in an effort to eradicate reckless financial mismanagement and fraud in the province.

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